Population (1 Jan 2003): 40.190; area: 34,81 km². Settlements: Tiel
(seat), Kapel-Avezaath, Wadenoijen.
Tiel is in the heart of the Betuwe, West Gelderland, famous for jam
making. The city is one of the oldest Dutch cities, founded between 850-1100.
The flag was adopted 9 June 1954, derived from the municipal Coat of Arms; as
an old Hansa town it had the right to put the double imperial eagle on
the flag, but someone forgot to do so. In the Carolingian time Tiel was
a 'Villa Regis' (a royal town) - so it had more more than one reason.
Jarig Bakker, 13 October 1999